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Wheelhouse Weekly – May 08, 2002


THE MASTERS, MATES AND PILOTS’
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Volume 6. . . . . Number 19. . . May 9, 2002

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OFFSHORE MEMBERSHIP GROUP RATIFIES CONTRACTS

The 90-day balloting period ended today (May 9) for Offshore Membership Group contracts that were signed but not yet ratified. In a ballot count conducted at MM&P HQ, an overwhelming majority ratified all contracts for vessels operated by ASM, Central Gulf, E-Ships, Matson, Sulphur Carriers, Trinity and Waterman. Ballots were mailed out on Feb. 5 and the balloting was conducted by the impartial balloting agency TrueBallot, Inc.

 

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UPDATE ON MOKU PAHU NEGOTIATIONS

Negotiations are scheduled with Matson Navigation Company for a successor collective bargaining agreement for the ITB MOKU PAHU. The current agreement expires in mid-June. Members or Applicants with experience aboard the vessel who are interested in participating are urged to contact VP-Pacific Ports Don Marcus at 206-441-8700 or by email to dmarcus@bridgedeck.org, Agent-Pacific Ports Dave Boatner at 310-834-7201 or by email to dboatner@bridgedeck.org, or by calling the San Francisco Hall at 415-777-5074.

A caucus will be held with negotiation partners MEBA on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 21, 2002 with negotiations scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, 2002 and Thursday, May 23, 2002. All meetings will be held in San Francisco.

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MITAGS DEVELOPING ANTI-TERRORISM TRAINING PROGRAMS

MITAGS is developing a series of programs to assist companies and mariners in dealing with security threats. Many are based on the current MSC approved training courses and can be taught on or offsite. For more info, please contact Jim Bamberger at jbamberger@mitags.org.

Courses include:

  • 3 hour Anti-terrorism Awareness Seminar;
  • 5 Day Law Enforcement Maritime Assault & Control Training (LEMAAC) Program;
  • 4-Day Small Arms Training;
  • 1-Day Security Seminar for Pilots; and
  • 1-Day Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Training

MITAGS is also gathering suggestions for enhancing maritime security for the USCG. Please submit comments directly to Executive Director Glen Paine at gpaine@mitags.org.

MITAGS has generated a handout that lists the various sites that have information on anti-terrorism. Please visit www.mitags.org, under the “MSC Courses” button or request a copy from Andrea Dixon at adixon@mitags.org.

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THE DAUNTING TASK OF PROVIDING DOMESTIC MARITIME SECURITY

There has been lots written and discussed about the need for increased maritime security since Sept.11, the following government figures provide some insight into just how daunting that task can be:

The US has more than 1,000 harbor channels and 25,000 miles of inland, intercoastal, and coastal waterways. These waterways serve 361 ports, and have more than 3,700 terminals handling passengers and cargo.

The US marine transportation system each year moves more than 2 billion tons of domestic and international freight, imports 3 billion tons of oil, transports 134 million passengers by ferry, and hosts more than 7 million cruise ship passengers, the vast majority of which are foreign-flag and foreign-crewed.

Of the more than two billion tons of freight, the majority of cargo is shipped in huge containers from ships directly onto trucks and railcars that immediately head onto US highways and rail systems.

Finally, consider this:

While 46 percent of all goods imported into the US, by value, arrive at our seaports, mostly in containers, currently we are able to physically inspect less than 2 percent of those containers. Of the billions of tons of this country’s international commerce imported and exported annually, only four percent is carried on US-flag, US-crewed vessels.

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MARITIME DAY TO BE OBSERVED MAY 22 IN WASH DC

Members are invited to participate in Washington, DC’s annual Maritime Day Celebration on Wednesday, May 22. The ceremony will begin at 1030 hrs at the US Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue. MITAGS will provide bus transportation again this year on a first come, space available basis. An accurate attendee count is required by Monday, May 13.

Members interested in transportation should contact International Comptroller John Gorman at 410-850-8700 ext 12; Email: jgorman@bridgedeck.org. The bus is tentatively scheduled to depart at 0900 with a 1330 return time.

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EU PROPOSES SANCTIONS THAT COULD HURT CONTAINER MARKET

The Journal of Commerce reports that proposed trade sanctions on a wide range of US products could stifle recovery in the trans-Atlantic container market as the European Union retaliates against Washington’s decision to curb steel imports.

The European Commission said it will impose 100 percent duties worth $335 million on products ranging from steel and T-shirts to guns, pool tables and agricultural goods.

The EU’s sanctions will mainly affect container shipping lines which were looking to the recent weakening of the dollar against the euro and the pound to stimulate US exports to Europe.

The sanctions target products from states that are critical to President George W. Bush’s re-election, including citrus from Florida, apples and pears from Washington and Oregon and steel from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Rice from five states, including California, and textiles, mostly from North Carolina and South Carolina are also included.

The Commission, which wants to impose the sanctions on June 18, claims US tariffs of up to 30% on steel imports will affect over $2 billion worth of EU shipments.

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MM&P-CREWED USNS JOHN ERICSSON FUELS WAR AGAINST TERRORISM

MM&P member Capt. Robert Wiley, the officers and the crew of USNS JOHN ERICSSON returned to their forward deployed port in Singapore earlier this year after spending 200 days in the Fifth Fleet area of responsibility in support of Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom.

While operating with the Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and Arabian Sea, ERICSSON conducted more than 175 refueling events and delivered more than 100 million gallons of fuel to US, Italian, French, British, Australian and Canadian ships. She also conducted more than 75 flight quarters and delivered 4,828 pallets of cargo.

ERICSSON also assisted vessels in distress on two different occasions during the deployment. The first was a fishing dhow in the Persian Gulf that was taking on water in rough weather. She was allowed to follow on ERICSSON’s down-wind side as ERICSSON led the way toward Dubai.

The second vessel was a small motor boat that had run out of gas and had been adrift for a couple of days. ERICSSON’s crew provided fuel, food and water to the motor boat’s crew, who were found to be in good health by ERICSSON’s medical officer. After topping off the boat with fuel, the rescued crew started their engine and headed off toward Iran.

Upon departure from the Fifth Fleet area, ERICSSON received praise from Capt. Jim Holland, USN, Commander, Task Force 53. “In supporting your taskings, the collective efforts of your military department and civilian mariners did not go unnoticed,” Capt. Holland remarked in a farewell message to the ship. “Your combined leadership, support and innovation made this a very successful deployment.”

“As you depart the Central Command area of responsibility, you can look back on your achievements during your time here with a sense of pride and accomplishment,” said Capt. Darrell Sink, USN, Commander, MSC Central. “Others must now strive to achieve the standard that you have established.”

ERICSSON’s crew particularly enjoyed a message from Rear Adm. David L. Brewer III, USN, Commander, MSC, citing ERICSSON’s superior performance during her deployment.

“I take great pride in commending team JOHN ERICSSON for your total professionalism and dedicated combat logistics excellence,” Rear Adm. Brewer remarked. “Congratulations on a job well done!”

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MM&P-CREWED TANKER GETS STOWAWAY OF A DIFFERENT BREED

In New Orleans, The Times-Picayune newspaper recently reported on the exploits of Capt. Jack, a furry-four legged stowaway who spent the last several months sailing coastwise aboard MM&P-contracted AHL’s MONSEIGNEUR.

The article recounted how the 20-pound, domestic, neutered, short-haired cat stepped off a Norco dock in July and walked up the MONSEIGNEUR’s gangway and onto its main deck, confident just as if he owned the 700-foot-long ship.

The crew on the tanker, which transports gasoline and jet fuel from the Gulf Coast to the rest of the US, didn’t find Capt. Jack until they were four hours down river. It was too late to send him packing back home to Norco, so they named him Capt. Jack, and for a few months, he lived life on the high seas, sailing the Gulf of Mexico, around Florida, to New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and to California.

During his time on the water, Capt. Jack even developed sea legs, walking a bit slanted to compensate for the ship’s pitch. And on board the ship, he proved to be an accomplished mouse hunter Third Assistant Engineer Steve Turner observed.

Because Jack has been neutered and is so friendly, Turner said he doesn’t think the cat is a stray. Now he is trying to find the animal’s owner.

New Orleans area veterinarian Jack Moreau said he hasn’t heard of a cat walking onto a tanker before, but that Capt. Jack might have been spurred by a quest for food or a dark place or, being a cat, curiosity. “I think he has more curiosity than the average cat,” Turner said. “He will investigate anything that moves.”

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REMINDER: MARITIME NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK

Join the MM&P and the MD, DC, VA maritime community for an evening of family fun, fellowship and baseball. Bowie Baysox vs. Erie Seawolves. Saturday, May 18, Prince George’s Stadium, Bowie, MD. Game time: 1900 hrs. Picnic before game, fireworks after. Picnic package (picnic buffet, & drinks, souvenir baseball and reserved box seat: $30, Youngsters (6 -12): $24, 5 and under: free. Reserved box seat w/o picnic: $10 For tickets and info, contact: Tim Sumner: 202-675-2195; Email: tsumner@erols.com.

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REMINDER: MM&P CONVENTION CALL

In accordance with Article IV, Section 2, of the International Constitution, a regular convention of the IOMM&P will be convened at 1000 hrs on Monday, July 15, 2002, at MITAGS, 5700 Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090. Constitutional Amendments may also be considered at this Convention.

In accordance with Article IV, Section 6., Subsection (b), all proposed resolutions must be forwarded to the International Secretary-Treasurer at least 30 days prior to the opening day of the Convention for inclusion on the Agenda and determination by the Convention.

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MITAGS ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in Classes Through the End of September 2002

  • 5/13-17: ROP, COMP-NET
  • 5/20-24: FF-ADV, CSE-AAES
  • 5/20: CBRD-1
  • 5/21: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 5/22-24: MED-DOT-DA
  • 6/3-28: SMC
  • 6/3-7: HAZ, DCS, BRM, COMP-OPSYS, ARPA
  • 6/3: ROR
  • 6/3-14: GMDSS
  • 6/10-14: BST, SHS-BAS, BRM, COMP-NET
  • 6/14: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 6/17-21: FF-ADV, BRM, ARPA, WX-HWA
  • 6/17: ROR
  • 6/24-28: VPM
  • 7/29-8/2: MED FIRST, BRM, ROP
  • 7/29: ROR
  • 7/30: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 7/31-8/2: MED-DOT-DA
  • 8/5-9: CSE-AAES, SHS-BAS, ECDIS, TPIC
  • 8/5-8: SMA
  • 8/9: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 8/12-23: MED-PIC, GMDSS
  • 8/12-16: SHS-INT I, BRM, COMP-APS, ARPA,WX-HWA
  • 8/12: CBRD-1, ROR
  • 8/13: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 8/14-16: MED-DOT-DA
  • 8/19-23: BST, SHS INT II, COMP-MAR
  • 8/26-30: FF-ADV, SHS-EMR-5, BRM, ARPA
  • 9/9-13: DCS, SHS-INT I, BRM, FRB,ARPA,COMP-ABSS, VPM
  • 9/9: ROR, CBRD-1
  • 9/10: HAZMAT, EAP
  • 9/11-13: MED-DOT-DA
  • 9/16-27: MED-PIC, GMDSS
  • 9/16-20: BST, CSE-AAES, SHS-INT II, COMP-NET, ROP
  • 9/16-19: SMA; 9/20: ATER, ENVPRO
  • 9/23-27: FF-ADV, SHS-EMR-5, BRM

 

KEY TO COURSE ABBREVIATIONS
  • ARPA: Automatic Radar Plotting Aids
  • ATER: Anti-Terrorism Awareness Training
  • BRM: Bridge Resource Management
  • BRMP: Bridge Resource Management For Pilots
  • BST: Basic Safety Training
  • CBRD: Chemical Biological Radiological Defense Training
  • COMP-ABSS: Computer Am Bureau Ship Management Software
  • COMP-APS: Computer Application Programs
  • COMP-MAR: Computer Mariner Application Program
  • COMP-NET: Computer Network Systems
  • CSE-AAES: Confine Space Entry-Atmos. Analy of Enc Spaces
  • EAP: Employee Assistance Program
  • ECDIS: Electronic Chart Display And Information Systems
  • ENVPRO: Environmental Protection
  • FF-ADV: Advanced Fire Fighting
  • GMDSS: Global Maritime Distress Safety System
  • HAZMAT: Hazardous Materials
  • MED-DOT-DA: Dept. of Trans. Drug and Alcohol Testing
  • MED-PIC: Medical Person-In-Charge
  • MSC-COMMS: Strategic Sealift Communications
  • ROR: Radio Operator Renewal
  • SMA: Small Arms
  • SHS-EMR: Emergency Shiphandling
  • SHS-INT: Intermediate Shiphandling
  • TPIC: Tankerman Person-In-Charge
  • VPM: Vessel Personnel Management
  • WX-HWA: Heavy Weather Avoidance
MITAGS WEBSITE

Check the website routinely for up to date information on class schedules, trust student policies and procedures, and regulatory changes. Visit the home page at www.mitags.org.

 

PLAN AHEAD

Plenty of class seats are available in June for 5-day HAZMAT, HWA, VPM, ARPA, BRM, GMDSS, and FF-ADV. In fact, several of the classes now have no students registered and may be cancelled if required minimums are not met in the next few weeks.

Remember that trust students now require only one week of training to be eligible for travel reimbursement and the reimbursement is based on a 14-day advance purchase airfare.

SCHEDULE INFO

Schedule through December 2002 is being maintained on the website. Hard copies of the June-December 2002 schedule are being mailed to the halls. Check the MITAGS website at: www.mitags.org for up-to-date info. For additional course info, contact Mary Matlock or Debbie Walton at voice: 443-989-3226 or Email: admissions@mitags.org.

 

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PACIFIC NORTHWEST MARITIME INSTITUTE ACADEMIC NOTES

Openings in Classes Through the End of August 2002

  • 5/13-17: GMDSS
  • 5/20-24: BRM, BAFF, GMDSS Refresher
  • 5/27-31: ECDIS, Med 1st, Med PIC
  • 6/3-7: TPIC, BST
  • 6/10-14: ARPA, GMDSS
  • 6/17-21: Radar, GMDSS Refresher
  • 6/24-28: Computer Basics (IC3 Ceritification), ECDIS, BAFF
  • 7/8-12: ARPA, Med 1st, Med PIC, BST
  • 7/22-26: GMDSS, BAFF
  • 7/29-8/2: GMDSS Refresher, Advanced Navigation (new)
  • 8/5-9: ECDIS, Med 1st, Med PIC
  • 8/12-16: TPIC, Med PIC (second week)
  • 8/19-23: ARPA, BRM, BAFF
  • 8/26-30: Heavy Weather Avoidance (new)

 

PMI MEDICAL COURSES

PMI is now offering two week “Medical Person in Charge” and one week “Medical First Aid Provider” course. To learn more about the STCW Requirements for Medical First Aid Provider and Medical Person in Charge, refer to PMI’s webpage at www.mates.org.

 

REGISTRATION

Register online at mates.org.

 

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MM&P MARKET WATCH AS OF 5-8 CLOSE

 D O W

 N A S D A Q

 10,141.80

+82.20 for the week

 1,696.29

 +18.76 for the week
 Vanguard 500 Index Fund (VFINX)

 100.56

 Vanguard Extended Market Index Fund (VEXMX)

23.30

 Vanguard International Growth Fund (VWIGX)

 15.27

 Vanguard Morgan Growth Fund (VMRGX)

 13.66

 Vanguard Windsor II Fund (VWNFX)

 26.23

 Vanguard GNMA Fund (VFIIX)

10.46

 Chase Growth Fund (CHASX)

14.99

 Fidelity Asset Manager (FASMX)

15.06

 Fidelity Growth and Income (FGRIX)

 36.07

Fidelity Magellan Fund (FAGX)

 97.26

 Spartan US Equity Index Fund (FUSEX)

  38.57

 

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